Victims want offenders to change

A victim’s justice-related satisfaction to punishment is only significant when offenders change their attitude towards offending, a Princeton University study has found.

Participants in the study were given the chance to punish the selfish acts of another through a series of problem solving tasks, which measured the social motives of punishment and the communicative aspects of punishment.

Both the absence of feedback from the offender and a response indicating indifference towards punishment for the wrongdoing produced equally as unsatisfying outcomes for the victim as prior to having been given the power to administer punishment.

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